Making cushions means making welting
I’m still trying to figure out if it’s supposed to be called “welt,” “welting” or if either is appropriate. Most of the time, I end up calling it “piping” with clients so they know what I’m talking about. All I know is that to make cushions, it takes a lot!
I’m working on recovering patio couch cushions, eight of them, and most of them are 22 inches square (or a little less). It’s a standard box cushion with a zipper closure on the back. But for 22 inches square…
22 inches X 4 sides = 88 inches x 2 edges i.e. top and bottom = 176 inches x 8 cushions = 1408 inches / 36 inches/yard = over 39 yards of welting!
Luckily, I am prepared:
That there is a 500 yard spool of welting cord. It’s the size of my cat times 2.
On the original cushion covers, I noticed that the manufacturer made the welt from fabric cut either on or against the grain, but I have been told to cut the strips that wrap around the welting cord on the bias, so I do just that.
Not only does this make the fabric curve more easily, but I think that it makes the pattern more ambiguous on the welt, especially for such a bold pattern as this.
So with my 36-inch clear ruler, my knife edge Gingher shears, and my Clover Chaco-Liner (the little white thing, with the little dark gray thing being it’s cover), I went to work to make over 39 yard of bias strips. When my 25-yard rolls of zippers come in the mail, I can sew these cushions up and get them back to the client, just in time for patio season to begin!